Board of Directors

Antarctica New Zealand has a seven-member Board

Members of the Board are appointed for three years by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in consultation with the Board Chair. This period may be extended by the Minister for up to a further three years.

Members are collectively accountable to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the performance of Antarctica New Zealand. All delegated functions and powers within Antarctica New Zealand arise from the Board's delegations.  The Board’s role is governance. Specific functions within this overall role include:

  • Setting the strategic direction of Antarctica New Zealand and developing policy, in a manner consistent with the organisation’s statutory framework, for example through the Annual Business Plan
  • Ensuring compliance with the law, accountability documents and relevant Crown expectations. This includes financial responsibility for all money received by the Crown and reinforcing expectations of behaviour that are appropriate to a public body
  • Appointing the Chief Executive
  • Monitoring the performance of Antarctica New Zealand and the Chief Executive; and
  • Maintaining appropriate relationships with the Minister, Parliament and the public. This includes accounting for the performance and management of the organisation.

The Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and management of Antarctica New Zealand.


Board Members

Brian Roche BCA FCA - Chair

Brian, prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, New Zealand Post Group, was a partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.


Tony O’Brien

Tony O’Brien emigrated from the UK to New Zealand and joined SKY Television in April 1991.


Dr Helen Anderson

Dr Anderson is the former Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology..


Phillip Melchior

Phillip Melchior, of Wanaka, has been appointed to the Board of Antarctica New Zealand. A keen tramper and guided mountaineer.


Sharon Hunter

Ms Hunter is currently the Director of Hunter Powell Investment Partners Limited and the founder of the New Zealand SME Business Network.


Rob Fyfe

Rob joined the Board of Antarctica New Zealand on February 1, 2013 and is also a director of Icebreaker, the Merino clothing company and Ecoya, the home fragrance and skin care company, following his term as CEO of Air New Zealand, Chairman of the Star Alliance and as a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).


Rob Morrison

Mr Morrison is currently the Chair of Kiwibank and is a Director on the Asian Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy, a private organisation working to protect ecologically important lands and water..